Venereal Diseases

According to Avison, veneral diseases were about as common in Korea as they had been in England, but the syphilitic patients who came to the hospital were all in the third stage of the disease. During the earlier stages the usual method of Korean treatment was exposure to the fumes of a mixture containing mercury. Similar remedies had long been popular in Europe, although the benefits were dubious and side effects of mercury poisoning included excessive salivation, ulceration of the gums, and loss of teeth (Avison 1897).

Venereal diseases were still prevalent in the 1940s. The most significant venereal diseases were syphilis, gonorrhea, and chancroid. Lymphogranuloma venereum was occasionally reported, and granuloma inguinale was quite rare.

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